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    Welcome to OUR library!
    Once a Bobcat, always a Bobcat!  I began working at Algonkian 12 years ago as a cafeteria hostess.  Since then, I've been a teachers' assistant, technology assistant, spent a year and a half at Belmont Ridge Middle School as their attendance, records, registration and main office secretary, and now I'm in my dream job of library assistant!  I am your neighbor; I live in Countryside with Mr. Grace and our daughters -  Zora, who is a freshman this year in VCU’s theatre program, and Ellie, who is a senior arts major at the College of William and Mary.  I'm delighted to be working with all of the teachers, staff, students, and families of Algonkian.  Go Bobcats! 
    Recently Mrs. Devinney and I led a Maker Mania ASAP class.  We made some really fun things.  I've attached links to things I think you might enjoy making.
    How to make a kaleidoscope  (I made a few changes to the design based on materials I had on hand.  I used a bent paperclip instead of a straw to hold the disks.  And I used mylar paper adhered to hard plastic to make the prism - this is what I had on hand.  I am a firm believer in modifying what you make to use materials that you ALREADY HAVE!)
    Basic how to fold book art  There are many sites that show you how to turn an old book into a fun piece of art.  This is a good one that explains the basics.  There are links to FOR PURCHASE templates, but I thought the explanation was good, and you can look further to find other free templates.
    ADDICTIVE! - How to fold an origami flexagon  This may take you a few tries to get it right, but once you master this shape, you will be forever happy!  I DO make this a more permanent shape by putting tape over the 3 seams that end up being open parts of the flexing shape.  This makes it easier to flex, and it also makes the shape last longer.
     Also addictive - a cut and tape and fold flexagon template  This one is also fun, but because it's made from a single thickness of paper, it doesn't last as long.  This one will also take a few times of figuring out what tab fits under what diamond or triangle shape.  It's straightforward if you trust that it will work.
     Magic folding cube how to This is an AMAZING thing to fiddle with.  You can use squares you buy, or you can MAKE paper squares out of card stock !
    How to make a puffy paper star  This simple how to shows you how to make a puffy star (one of our creation stations for 3rd through 5th graders).  I have made THOUSANDS of these things.  I love to make them!  Even being a good maker of them, probably 5 to 10% of mine don't puff.  It's just one of those things.  It's good to know that even if you're good at doing something, it doesn't always guarantee a perfect outcome!  
    How to fold a beautiful flat origami star  I have made HUNDREDS of these stars.  VERY FUN to fold.  Must start with a pentagon.  There's a link below the youtube video that gives you a pentagon template.
    Please feel free to click the following link to email me:  trish.grace@lcps.org